Freethinkers of Mendocino

Atheists Announce Global ‘Missionary’ Tour to Establish Godless Church Congregations Around the World…


From ESTHER ADDLEY
The Guardian

Atheist Sunday Assembly branches out in first wave of expansion. London’s godless congregation to launch satellite assemblies in other UK cities and as far afield as New York and Sydney

It started, as a number of the world’s great religions have done, with a small group of friends and a persuasive idea: why should atheists miss out on all the good things churches have to offer? What would happen if they set up a “godless congregation” that met to celebrate life, with no hope of the hereafter?

Eight months after their first meeting in a deconsecrated church in north London, the founders of the Sunday Assembly have their answer: on Sunday they will announce the formation of satellite congregations in more than 20 cities across Britain and the world, the first wave of an expansion that they believe could see 40 atheist churches

An Atheist Manifesto…


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From JOSEPH LEWIS (1954)

Many ask what difference does it make whether man believes in a God or not.

It makes a big difference.

It makes all the difference in the world.

It is the difference between being right and being wrong; it is the difference between truth and surmises—facts or delusion.

It is the difference between the earth being flat, and the earth being round.

It is the difference between the earth[Pg 8] being the center of the universe, or a tiny speck in this vast and uncharted sea of multitudinous suns and galaxies.

It is the difference in the proper concept of life, or conclusions based upon illusion.

Taking Nonbelief Seriously…


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From JEFFREY TAYLER
The Atlantic

When Christianist Larry Alex Taunton talked to young atheists about why they left Christianity, he interpreted their objections as matters of style, not substance. That’s not accurate or fair.

As an atheist, I have frequently had religious acquaintances and even family members misunderstand the basis for my lack of faith. So when Larry Alex Taunton, a Christian who has debated nonbelief with celebrity New Atheists Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, recently wrote about his conversations with college-aged apostates, emerging with several conclusions about why these young people are leaving the church, I was interested.

Taunton and his organization wanted to understand how young men and women become avowed nonbelievers, and they contacted a number of campus

An Overview of ‘Recovering From Religion’…


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From Recovering From Religion

If you are one of the many people who have determined that religion no longer has a place in their life, but are still dealing with the after-effects in some way or another, Recovering From Religion (RR) may be just the right spot for you. Many people come to a point that they no longer accept the supernatural explanations for the world around them, or they realize just how much conflict religious belief creates. It can be difficult to leave religion because family and culture put so much pressure on us to stay and pretend to believe the unbelievable. If this is you, we want to help you find your way out. Don’t let people convince you that you just didn’t have ‘enough’ faith, or that you just haven’t found the “right” religion. RR has support groups that meet monthly all over the US, with groups starting in Canada, the UK, and Australia, and new faces are always welcomed. If you have questions or need more information, feel free to browse our site, join us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us for more information!

As Mark Twain famously said, ”Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”

RR is made up of people who have all given religion our best shot, but we can’t bring ourselves to accept the unacceptable any longer. If you’ve ever questioned the archaic edicts and laws of holy books, the inconsistent morality and questionable motive of ancient teachings (along with their many modern interpretations); if you’ve raised an eyebrow to virgin births, or found the flaws in resurrections, bronze age “miracles” and the ridiculously misguided “power of prayer;” then Recovering From Religion is the place for you. We are recovering from every imaginable religion: Baptists, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Muslims, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, and many more. We are happy, we are healthy, and we warmly welcome you to a life free of the confines of faith.
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Ingersoll: Crumbling Creeds…


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From ROBERT INGERSOLL (1890)

There is a desire in each brain to harmonize the knowledge that it has. If a man knows, or thinks he knows, a few facts, he will naturally use those facts for the purpose of determining the accuracy of his opinions on other subjects. This is simply an effort to establish or prove the unknown by the known — a process that is constantly going on in the minds of all intelligent people.

It is natural for a man not governed by fear, to use what he knows in one department of human inquiry, in every other department that he investigates. The average of intelligence has in the last few years greatly increased. Man may have as much credulity as he ever had, on some subjects, but certainly on the old subjects he has less. There is not as great difference to-day between the members of the learned professions and the common people. Man is governed less and less by authority. He cares but little for the conclusions of the universities. He does not feel bound by the actions of synods or ecumenical councils — neither does he bow to the decisions of the highest tribunals, unless the reasons given for the decision satisfy his intellect. One reason for this is, that the so-called “learned” do not agree among themselves — that the universities dispute each other — that the synod attacks the ecumenical council — that the parson snaps his fingers at the priest

Raising Freethinkers…


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From a Mom…

I am a secular humanist and raise my kids to be humanists. In other words, our view at home is that we can be ethical, deeply moral, caring, decent, respectful, honest, deep thinkers, reflective, loving-kind, compassionate, virtuous, kind, good, and much much more, without religion. In fact, we actively eschew religious dogma and belief.

We meditate, we find awe in nature (of which we are part), and recognize the deep interconnection that unites us all in nature/life. We value human creativity and ingenuity, and do not believe that humans are the only creatures that matter. We value peace, compassion, loving-kindness, and making the world a better place.

Our family abides by the belief that we ourselves add meaning and purpose to life, it does not come from anywhere else, except from the fact that we are all part of nature and thus ought to always consider that interconnection and the broader responsibility that it might entail.

Believe it or not, we also value deep critical thinking, non-dogmatic attachment, and freedom of thought. We aim for an ecological and planetary ethic, an ethics of interbeing (to use one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s favorite words).

The March of Reason…



“Facts are true whether you believe them or not…”

Teaching the lie of ‘hell’ is child abuse…

Twenty one centuries ago Jesus said he was coming right back…

Why is God hiding from us?
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